22 December 2016

Just Charts at 3:30 - O Holy Night

"Man’s maker became man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread itself might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witness, that the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation of creation be suspended on the cross; that Strength itself might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; and that Life itself might die to live again."

Augustine of Hippo

"Only the humble believe in him and rejoice that God is so free and so marvelous that he does wonders where people despair, that he takes what is little and lowly and makes it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly. God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Stocks are off in quiet trade.

Unemployment, income and spending data was worse than expected this morning.

There was a story on the Bloomberg terminal this morning about silver imports in China booming in response to lower prices. I think we will see a rather strong three months for the metals in the new year.

In my forecasts, I suggested that at some point Americans would reach for a very bad choice in leaders in their anger and desperation.

I think that was a pretty good bet going into this 'lesser of two evils' election.

Now the rest of the forecast appears to be unfolding, slowly but surely. I find it almost astonishing at times.

Remember each other in your prayers.

Have a pleasant evening.